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194 Colleges
171,315 Yearly Graduations
$103,660 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$33,745 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly graduations, Pennsylvania is ranked #6 in the country with 171,315 degrees handed out in 2021. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $25,915 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $27,321 a year.

An estimated 71% of college students in Pennsylvania take out loans, with the average loan amount being $8,436 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
22,950 Yearly Degrees
$15,890 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Pennsylvania State University - University Park is 89,816, of which 74,446 students are undergraduates and of those, 64,607 are full-time. Penn State University Park has a freshman retention rate of 87%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

About 78% of students who apply get accepted. Around 48% of accepted students are men, and 52% are women.

53% of Penn State University Park students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $10,641 a year. Penn State University Park has a 4.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

#2

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
9,936 Yearly Degrees
$17,378 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 27,306 undergraduates at Temple, of which 24,915 are full-time, and there are 37,236 students altogether. Temple has a freshman retention rate of 87%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

About 71% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Approximately 66% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $10,315 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Temple is $47,659.

#3

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
9,688 Yearly Degrees
$61,710 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,155 undergraduates at UPenn, of which 9,960 are full-time, and there are 26,552 students altogether. UPenn has a freshman retention rate of 95%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

This a very selective school with only 9% of students getting accepted. Around 47% of accepted students are men, and 53% are women.

Approximately 12% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $10,681 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 0.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from UPenn with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $80,445 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
8,869 Yearly Degrees
$20,362 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 23,157 undergraduates at Pitt, of which 18,298 are full-time, and there are 32,277 students altogether. For undergraduates at Pitt, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

About 64% of students who apply get accepted. Around 44% of accepted students are men, and 56% are women.

Roughly 51% of students at Pitt take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $10,248 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Pitt with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $48,483 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
6,670 Yearly Degrees
$57,136 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Drexel University is 23,589, of which 14,616 students are undergraduates and of those, 13,156 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

About 77% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 49% are men and 51% are women.

Roughly 58% of students at Drexel take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $11,474 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Drexel is $64,777.

#6

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
5,381 Yearly Degrees
$58,524 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,622 undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon, of which 6,341 are full-time, and there are 13,519 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at Carnegie Mellon is 96%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Only 17% of students who apply get accepted. Around 47% of accepted students are men, and 53% are women.

41% of Carnegie Mellon students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,601 a year. Carnegie Mellon has a 0.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $87,824 during the early-career years.

#7

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
4,936 Yearly Degrees
$10,423 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 17,719, of which 14,712 students are undergraduates and of those, 13,056 are full-time. It takes the average WCUPA undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

Around 86% of students who apply get accepted. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

Approximately 70% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,316 a year. WCUPA has a 3.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from WCUPA with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $46,701 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
4,095 Yearly Degrees
$59,020 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,037 undergraduates at Villanova, of which 6,793 are full-time, and there are 11,032 students altogether. It takes the average Villanova undergraduate about 4.0 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 31%. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

43% of Villanova students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,565 a year. Villanova has a 0.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Villanova is $77,358.

#9

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,751 Yearly Degrees
$43,526 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,383 undergraduates at Duquesne, of which 5,292 are full-time, and there are 8,830 students altogether. For undergraduates at Duquesne, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Of the accepted students, 33% are men and 67% are women.

Roughly 64% of students at Duquesne take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $12,049 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Duquesne with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $56,932 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,714 Yearly Degrees
$42,966 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,286 students at Thomas Jefferson University in total, 3,783 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 3,216 are full-time. For undergraduates at Thomas Jefferson University, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 70%. Of the accepted students, 27% are men and 73% are women.

Roughly 68% of students at Thomas Jefferson University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,804 a year. Thomas Jefferson University has a 1.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Thomas Jefferson University is $56,267.

Public Public vs. Private
2,613 Yearly Degrees
$13,144 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,037 students at IUP in total, 8,002 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 7,053 are full-time. For undergraduates at IUP, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

Around 93% of students who apply get accepted. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

Approximately 80% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $9,442 a year. IUP has a 7.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $39,634 during the early-career years.

#12

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,392 Yearly Degrees
$47,940 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,299 undergraduates at St. Joe’s, of which 3,945 are full-time, and there are 6,779 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at St. Joe’s. The freshman retention rate is 89%.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Roughly 61% of students at St. Joe’s take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $11,667 a year. St. Joe’s has a 2.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from St. Joe’s is $61,613.

#13

California University of Pennsylvania

California, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
2,317 Yearly Degrees
$11,108 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,785 undergraduates at Cal U, of which 3,863 are full-time, and there are 6,885 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Around 94% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Approximately 84% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,160 a year. Cal U has a 5.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Cal U with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $39,114 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
2,226 Yearly Degrees
$10,507 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,860 students at SRU in total, 7,399 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,860 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at SRU is 4.2 years.

About 74% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

77% of SRU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,415 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from SRU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $40,673 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
2,129 Yearly Degrees
$10,982 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,731 undergraduates at Bloomsburg, of which 6,939 are full-time, and there are 8,427 students altogether. It takes the average Bloomsburg undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

Approximately 79% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,240 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Bloomsburg is $41,478.

#16

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,112 Yearly Degrees
$57,470 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,067 students at Lehigh in total, 5,203 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 5,070 are full-time. Lehigh has a freshman retention rate of 91%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 50%. Of the accepted students, 52% are men and 48% are women.

Roughly 40% of students at Lehigh take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,803 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 0.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Lehigh is $79,832.

#17

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
1,889 Yearly Degrees
$11,062 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,890 students at Kutztown University in total, 6,945 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,286 are full-time. For undergraduates at Kutztown University, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

Around 93% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

78% of Kutztown University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,184 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Kutztown University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $40,602 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Harrisburg Area Community College

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
1,876 Yearly Degrees
$8,295 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,172 full-time undergraduates at HACC, and 15,376 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

49% of HACC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,822 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,598 during the early-career years.

#19

Community College of Allegheny County

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
1,830 Yearly Degrees
$8,323 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 13,217 students at CCAC in total, 4,317 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

18% of CCAC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,952 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,282 during the early-career years.

#20

Widener University

Chester, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,724 Yearly Degrees
$49,706 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,912 undergraduates at Widener, of which 2,633 are full-time, and there are 6,150 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Widener is 4.2 years.

About 75% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Approximately 84% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $12,217 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Widener is $53,312.

#21

Community College of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
1,669 Yearly Degrees
$8,688 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 13,672 students at Community College of Philadelphia in total, 4,276 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 32% of students at Community College of Philadelphia take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,792 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,368 during the early-career years.

#22

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Millersville, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
1,666 Yearly Degrees
$12,256 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,456 students at Millersville in total, 6,454 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 5,096 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

About 85% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

Roughly 75% of students at Millersville take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,845 a year. Millersville has a 4.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $41,080 during the early-career years.

#23

La Salle University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,510 Yearly Degrees
$33,150 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,624 students at La Salle in total, 3,293 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,823 are full-time. It takes the average La Salle undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

About 76% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

77% of La Salle students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,478 a year. La Salle has a 5.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $51,840 during the early-career years.

#24

University of Scranton

Scranton, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,496 Yearly Degrees
$48,462 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Scranton is 4,957, of which 3,658 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,499 are full-time. It takes the average University of Scranton undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 79%. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Roughly 71% of students at University of Scranton take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $10,097 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from University of Scranton is $57,562.

#25

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Clarion, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
1,432 Yearly Degrees
$11,173 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,465 students at Clarion University in total, 3,587 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,889 are full-time. It takes the average Clarion University undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

Around 94% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 34% are men and 66% are women.

78% of Clarion University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,557 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Clarion University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,024 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Pennsylvania Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Pennsylvania College of Technology 1,404
27 East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania 1,363
28 Wilkes University 1,330
29 Robert Morris University 1,316
30 Delaware County Community College 1,258
31 Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine 1,245
32 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 1,235
32 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 1,235
34 Montgomery County Community College 1,208
35 Northampton County Area Community College 1,174
36 Harrisburg University of Science and Technology 1,127
37 Gannon University 1,120
38 Arcadia University 1,119
39 Bucknell University 1,093
40 Point Park University 994
41 DeSales University 975
42 Messiah University 926
43 Bucks County Community College 917
44 Holy Family University 888
45 York College of Pennsylvania 886
46 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 862
47 Lehigh Carbon Community College 839
48 Eastern University 796
49 Chatham University 785
50 Mercyhurst University 773
50 Gwynedd Mercy University 773
52 Marywood University 752
53 Lock Haven University 731
54 Lafayette College 720
55 Gettysburg College 717
56 Moravian College 710
57 Alvernia University 700
58 Franklin and Marshall College 699
59 Misericordia University 694
60 Saint Francis University 684
61 Muhlenberg College 662
62 Seton Hill University 644
63 King’s College 637
64 Grove City College 632
65 Dickinson College 627
66 Carlow University 619
67 Lebanon Valley College 618
68 University of the Sciences 591
69 Immaculata University 589
70 Susquehanna University 577
71 Luzerne County Community College 557
72 Elizabethtown College 545
72 Lincoln University 545
74 Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences 544
75 Lancaster Bible College 514
75 University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown 514
77 Lackawanna College 499
78 Westmoreland County Community College 488
79 Pittsburgh Technical College 486
80 Neumann University 484
81 Swarthmore College 481
82 Albright College 478
82 Delaware Valley University 478
84 Bryn Mawr College 475
85 Saint Vincent College 469
86 Cabrini University 467
87 Waynesburg University 441
88 The University of the Arts 439
89 Reading Area Community College 433
90 Salus University 431
91 Butler County Community College 429
92 Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology 428
93 Allegheny College 423
94 Chestnut Hill College 415
95 La Roche University 401
96 Cedar Crest College 391
97 Ursinus College 385
98 Mount Aloysius College 377
99 American College of Financial Services 374
100 Haverford College 365
101 Wilson College 361
102 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 357
103 Geneva College 345
104 Harcum College 340
105 Juniata College 302
105 Washington & Jefferson College 302
107 Strayer University - Pennsylvania 301
108 Pennsylvania Highlands Community College 299
109 Cairn University 295
110 Westminster College Pennsylvania 289
111 Community College of Beaver County 287
112 Peirce College 286
113 Central Penn College 283
114 University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg 276
115 University of Pittsburgh - Bradford 273
116 Rosemont College 245
117 Keystone College 241
118 Clarks Summit University 236
119 Lycoming College 216
120 New Castle School of Trades 197
121 South Hills School of Business & Technology 182
122 Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 181
123 YTI Career Institute-York 171
124 Vet Tech Institute 163
124 Westminster Theological Seminary 163
126 Rosedale Technical College 153
127 Johnson College 145
128 Thiel College 140
129 Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science Inc 135
130 Berks Technical Institute 133
131 Manor College 128
132 University of Valley Forge 125
132 Gratz College 125
134 Institute of Medical Careers 119
135 Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics 111
136 Triangle Tech - Greensburg 108
137 McCann School of Business & Technology 106
138 Moore College of Art and Design 101
139 Cheyney University of Pennsylvania 99
140 Triangle Tech - Bethlehem 96
141 Triangle Tech - Dubois 83
142 International Institute for Restorative Practices 77
143 The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College 75
144 Fortis Institute - Scranton 74
145 Douglas Education Center 73
146 Triangle Tech - Pittsburgh 71
147 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 67
147 Bryn Athyn College of the New Church 67
149 Triangle Tech - Sunbury 66
150 Pittsburgh Career Institute 63
151 Williamson College of the Trades 62
151 Pittsburgh Theological Seminary 62
153 DeVry University - Pennsylvania 61
154 Pennsylvania Institute of Technology 60
154 Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary - Overbrook 60
154 Won Institute of Graduate Studies 60
157 Pennsylvania College of Art and Design 58
158 United Lutheran Seminary 54
158 PITC Institute 54
160 Commonwealth Technical Institute 51
161 Evangelical Theological Seminary 48
161 Missio Seminary 48
163 McCann School of Business & Technology 47
164 Laurel Business Institute 45
165 Laurel Technical Institute 40
165 Erie Institute of Technology Inc 40
165 Lincoln Technical Institute - Allentown 40
168 Valley Forge Military College 38
169 Great Lakes Institute of Technology 35
170 Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry 33
171 Lancaster Theological Seminary 31
172 Lansdale School of Business 30
173 Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia 25
174 Penn Commercial Business/Technical School 24
175 Lincoln Technical Institute - Philadelphia 22
176 United Career Institute - Mt. Braddock 20
177 Curtis Institute of Music 19
177 Hussian College 19
177 Laurel Technical Institute 19
177 Lancaster County Career and Technology Center 19
181 Fortis Institute - Forty Fort 14
182 United Career Institute 13
183 Pennco Tech-Bristol 12
183 University of Pittsburgh - Titusville 12
185 Saint Vincent Seminary 9
186 Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius 7
186 Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology 7
188 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College 6
189 Jna Institute of Culinary Arts 3
189 Yeshivath Beth Moshe 3
191 Academy of Vocal Arts 2
192 YTI Career Institute-Altoona 1
193 The Workforce Institute’s City College 0
193 All-State Career School - Lester 0

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